‘SNL’ alum Laraine Newman testifies in Robert Durst murder trial

Laraine Newman, an unique solid member of “Saturday Night Live,” testified Wednesday in the trial towards alleged killer Robert Durst.

Newman, who now works in voice-over animation, stated {that a} pal created an alibi for Durst in the demise of his first spouse, Kathie Durst.

That pal was Susan Berman, a author and shut pal of each Newman and Durst, whom he’s charged with killing in December 2000.

Newman, 69, testified about an incident in which Berman instructed her lengthy earlier than her demise that she supplied a false alibi for Durst in the disappearance of Kathie Durst — who was declared lifeless in 2017 and hadn’t been seen since 1982.

“Susan told me that she had provided an alibi for him, for Bobby, in relation to the disappearance,” Newman testified about Berman, whom Durst had met at UCLA. “I remember her saying that she made a phone call.”

Defense attorneys Dick DeGuerin, right, and David Z. Chesnoff, left, adjust Robert Durst's wheelchair as he faced jurors in the Inglewood courtroom of Judge Mark E. Windham.
Defense attorneys Dick DeGuerin, proper, and David Z. Chesnoff, left, modify Robert Durst’s wheelchair as he confronted jurors in the Inglewood courtroom of Judge Mark E. Windham.
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Newman stated she was “100 percent” certain that Berman instructed her about offering the false alibi.

“And in discussing this alibi, did she indicate to you whether or not in words whether this was an actual alibi or whether she had done something false?” the prosecutor requested Newman.

“It was something false,” Newman stated. She stated she had subsequently “responded negatively” to Berman’s assertion, which she then tried to take again. That was the final time they mentioned these issues, Newman stated.

Prosecutors declare that Berman posed as Kathie Durst and made a cellphone name on Durst’s behalf.

Newman said that she had “no doubt” that Berman confessed to the alibi to her — regardless that Newman reported her personal historical past of drug abuse. Newman additionally talked about how she felt “tremendous shame that I did not appreciate the gravity of what she was telling me.”

The trial kicked off in May 2021 after a year-long delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 78-year-old real-estate inheritor, who was recognized with bladder most cancers earlier than the trial started, looked gaunt and sat slumped in a wheelchair through the prosecution’s opening statements.

Durst has pleaded not responsible.

At the trial, prosecutor John Lewin detailed the deadly encounter, exhibiting graphic photos of Berman’s lifeless physique to the panel.

Laraine Newman recently testified against Robert Durst in the murder of his first wife, Kathie Durst.
Laraine Newman just lately testified towards Robert Durst in the murder of his first spouse, Kathie Durst.
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“He basically blew her brains out. That’s what he did,” Lewin instructed the jury, describing the alleged slaying and a criminal offense scene revealing no proof of a housebreaking or theft.

Lewin had alleged that the murder of Berman was clear — he killed Berman in order that she would keep silent concerning the demise of Kathie.

“He killed [Berman] out of survival. He believed that ‘In the end, it was her or me. I have no choice,’” Lewin stated.

The California jury was additionally shown video of recorded testimony given by Dr. Peter Wilk, his first spouse’s medical faculty professor.

“She was very emotional, she was shaking, she was traumatized,” Wilk stated in the testimony.

“She said she was going through a divorce … there was violence involved … her life was a mess,” he added.

Prosecutors additionally intend to indicate that Durst killed and dismembered a 3rd individual, a drifter named Morris Black whom he met in Galveston, Texas, whereas in hiding.

Earlier this month, Durst was hospitalized for an unspecified medical problem amid his murder trial in California on Thursday, his legal professional stated.

Newman shall be again on the stand on Thursday afternoon for continued cross-examination by David Chesnoff, one among Durst’s attorneys.

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